I have already mentioned that there is a yellow rain warning in place for today over Cumbria and almost all the North West: the Met Office has also issued red weather warnings for rain in parts of Lancashire and Yorkshire. Almost a month's rainfall is likely to fall in one day in places, which is basically what happened in Cumbria at the start of the month and caused the first wave of this winter's floods. The Environment Agency said affected residents should "take action now".
Lancashire's seven severe flood warnings - meaning flooding is expected and there is a danger to life - are for two locations on the River Ribble at Ribchester, three on the River Calder at Whalley, as well as for the River Wyre at St Michael's North and St Michael's South.
The five Yorkshire flood warnings are for the River Calder, Hebden Water and Walsden Water areas.
In other developments:
- More than 180 flood warnings, meaning flooding is expected, and more than 120 flood alerts, meaning flooding is possible, have been issued for England and Wales
- Flooding has brought travel "chaos" to roads in north Wales, with people rescued from cars and vehicles left stranded
- The Scottish Environment Protection Agency has issued more than 10 flood warnings, in the Scottish borders and Tayside areas, and five flood alerts